Welcome to Rimutaka Baptist sermons. Join us for Worship Services every Sunday at 10 AM. We upload the sermons to YouTube by 5:30 PM Sunday evenings for those who are unable to make it to church. All our sermons are available for viewing on our YouTube channel, but you can also click on the videos included in the sermon blog posts below.
2023-03-19 Sermon – How to Break the Power of Idols
In 1 John chapter 4, John urges us test the spirits. Not everyone speaks by the Spirit of God. In this sermon, we explore ways in which we can develop this discernment in our lives. John also says that if we belong to God, we have already won a victory, because the Spirit within us…
2023-03-12 Sermon – What love is this?
This Sunday we look at 1 John chapter 3 where John reminds us of the rich love God has lavished upon His People and this is not just any type of love but a love that has made us His own.
2023-03-05 Sermon – Who is the Antichrist?
This next portion of John’s letter is both informative and interesting particularly as it addresses how we are to live in the last hour. What are some of the things we are to be aware of as we draw near to the coming of Jesus? John addresses the Antichrist and gives some indication of what…
2023-02-26 Sermon – Do Not Love This World
This week we continue reading from the first letter of John, chapter 2. John tells us that if we love this world, we do not have the love of the Father in us. But if God created the world and said it was good according to Genesis, why is it bad to love the world?…
2023-02-19 Sermon – Disappearing Darkness
Join us as we continue in our series on the letters of John. In 1 John chapter 2, John tells his readers about the new commandment of loving others. Although this is an old commandment they have had since Moses, it is also new because now we have the example of Jesus, who lived as…
2023-02-12 Sermon – Operation Atonement
This Sunday we continue our sermon series in John’s first letter. Here John helps us to understand what Jesus has done for us on the cross and how we can respond appropriately to this marvelous gift of eternal life.
2023-02-05 Sermon – Proclaiming Christ
This Sunday we start a new sermon series focussing on the letters of John. We begin with a wonderful proclamation of Christ as John shares what it was like to be physically present with Jesus. Join me as we unpack how we can make this proclamation our own.
20221225 Sermon – Our Advent Song
Immanuel is with us! It seems appropriate after focusing on the songs in Luke’s Gospel that we celebrate the birth of Christ with a song, this time our song. What song would you write for Jesus? Join me as I share my song.
2022-12-18 Sermon – Love – Advent 2022
This is the fourth Sunday of Advent and we are focussing on the theme of Love. Holy Week is almost upon us! This week we look at the song of Simeon. If anyone knew about the journey to Advent, it’s Simeon. We as the people of God have much to learn to from his examples.
2022-12-11 Sermon – Joy – Advent 2022
This third Sunday of Advent we focus on the theme of Joy. God’s joy is very different to the joy we are used to, join me as we explore the joy that God has set before us.
2022-12-04 Sermon – Peace – Advent 2022
This second Sunday of Advent we focus on peace. As God’s people we are destined for peace and to be peacemakers. Join me as we unpack Zechariah’s song.
2022-11-27 Sermon – Hope – Advent 2022
As we start the journey of advent, we light the first candle representing Hope. We look at the Song of Mary recorded in chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke. Mary exalted God, even though she knew He was calling her to a difficult task, she knew that God was merciful and faithful, and therefore…
2022-11-13 Sermon – Conversations with God
After Abraham delivered the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, God came to him in a vision. A conversation between Abraham and God ensued. We learn form this conversation that Abraham was not afraid to tell God about his concerns. We also see that God cared for Abraham, and He was willing to listen to him…
2022-11-06 Sermon – Three Kings
In this sermon, Neville discusses the lives of three well known biblical kings; David, Solomon and Rehoboam. What can we learn from these kings and apply to our own faith lives?
2022-10-30 Sermon – Battleground Lessons
This Sunday we continue to look at the life of Abraham through the Kingdom life lens. This week we see Abram having to go into battle to save the life of his nephew Lot. What lessons can we learn about facing the battles of our lives and how we can do so in a godly…
2022-10-23 Sermon – Abraham and Lot
This Sunday, we look at the story of Abram and Lot through the lens of the Kingdom life. What lessons can we learn about discernment and self-control?
2022-10-16 Sermon – God Preservation
Today we continue looking at the story of Abraham. One of our natural fallen instincts is self-preservation and left unchecked it can have disastrous implications. How can we learn to be more reliant on God and allow Him to preserve our lives.
2022-10-09 Sermon – Babel vs. Abram
Today we continue looking at familiar stories in the Old Testament through the kingdom life lens. This time we contrast the story of Babel with the life of Abram. We are going to learn what should motivate us a we build our lives.
2022-10-02 Sermon – Rainbow Covenant
In Genesis 9 we read of the covenant God made with Noah after the flood. God gave Noah certain commands that demonstrate His love towards all of His creation. When we see the rainbow, we are reminded of the covenant God made with all living creatures, including ourselves. But a covenant is not just a…
2022-09-25 Sermon – Building an Ark
As we continue journeying together through the account of Noah and the flood, let’s think about what it meant for Noah to build an ark. He obeyed God, despite the prevailing social and cultural norms. Noah was obedient to God and God provided everything he needed to build the ark. And even during the flood,…
2022-09-18 Sermon – Lessons from Noah
This week we look at Noah and the flood from a Kingdom lens perspective. Many people struggle to reconcile God’s goodness with the flood, but would a good God ignore a world filled with evil and injustice? Just as God gave Noah instructions to build an ark in order to survive His judgement, so we…
2022-09-11 Sermon – Cain’s Wife
Have you ever wondered about Cain’s wife and other difficult problems in the book of Genesis? In this installment of Rimutaka Baptist Question and Answer series, we answer the question of who was Cain’s wife.
2022-09-04 Sermon – Faithful Fathers
This Sunday we look at the genealogy of Adam to Noah. This Father’s day as we look at the Fathers of old with a Kingdom lens we discover the rich legacy left behind by those who came before us and the blessings they received as a result of their faithfulness.
2022-08-28 Sermon – Cain and Abel
The first death on earth was not due to natural causes. It was a result of murder. Join me this week as we continue to explore Genesis from a Kingdom perspective. In the story of Cain and Abel, we see that God goes out of His way to restore Cain into a right relationship with…
2022-08-21 Sermon – Figuring out the Fall
This Sunday we continue our series by looking at the fall with a Kingdom lens perspective. What lessons can we learn from the experiences of Adam and Eve? How can we avoid the mistakes made at the fall?
2022-08-14 Sermon – Reclaiming Eden
What does the story of Adam and Eve before the fall have to teach us about a Kingdom life? Join me as we explore the wonderful complexity of the second creation narrative and how it showcases God’s wonderful life-giving plan for all of His creation.
2022-08-07 Sermon – Creation and the Kingdom
This Sunday join us as we look at the Creation story through the lens of the Kingdom life. We can only begin to believe in the Blessed be’s if we know they are grounded in the Let it be’s of the Creation story.
2022-07-31 Sermon – God is doing a New Thing
Today we celebrate Carey Sunday. For over 95 years, Carey has helped to form men and women for ministry. John writes for many of us the last two years have felt at times like a wilderness. Perhaps, like the people of Israel in exile, you have felt displaced, discouraged, disoriented, disillusion and doubtful. In Isaiah…
2022-07-24 Sermon – Enter but Watch Out!
In this final instalment in the series on Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7, Jesus commands us to enter by the narrow Gate, but to watch out for false prophets and false disciples. And in His closing parable in this awesome sermon, Jesus shows us how to build our…
2022-07-17 Sermon – Judging Well
This week we continue our sermon series of Jesus’ teachings in Matthew chapters 6 and 7. We learn that in order to maintain healthy relationships we need to learn to first look at ourselves before we judge others. This doesn’t mean that all judgment is wrong, this is where discernment comes in. Discernment is the…
2022-07-10 Sermon – Do Not Worry
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us not to spend our life worrying, but rather to seek Him first. God knows what we need and will supply our needs provided we keep our trust in Him. Let us not be like the people Ezekiel spoke to God about in Ezekiel 33:32, who see God as nothing…
2022-07-03 Sermon – The Secret Place
This Sunday we continue to look at the intimate relationship we have with God in our hearts. This secret place where we continue to work out our faiths. What amazing discoveries are to be found if only we allow God to be at work within us and spend time with Him there.
2022-06-26 Sermon – Kingdom Hearts
A kingdom heart understands that it is better to find our worth in God, and not in man. So whether we do good to the needy or whether we are praying to God, a kingdom heart does this with the truth of God in mind, and does not fall into the trap of self-adoration.
2022-06-19 Sermon – Agape Love
This Sunday we put into practice all we have been learning together about life in the Kingdom by discerning together what God is saying in the remainder of Matthew 5: Oaths, Retaliation and Love of Enemy. We found that God helps us to faithfully navigate these difficulties of life.
2022-06-12 Sermon – Jebb and the Heartsmith
In Proverbs 17:3 we read: “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” Join us as we read a children’s story based on this wonderful proverb. The name of the story is “Jebb and the Heartsmith”, and it is written by Rudolf Coetsee.
2022-06-05 Sermon – The Lord’s Comfort
What does the Kingdom life have to say to us when we mourn? God has a response to all of our life situations even the difficult ones. Join us this morning as we unpack how God comforts and what we can do to seek it from Him.
2022-05-29 Sermon – Kingdom Relationships
This Sunday we look at Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce. We continue to learn what to do in real life circumstances if we are to have a righteousness that is greater than the Pharisees and the Scribes.
2022-05-22 Sermon – Anger
This Sunday we look at anger and what part it has to play in Kingdom life. God like us experiences anger but the difference is His is righteous. Today we learn how to look at our anger from a more Godly perspective and how the Holy Spirit can help us to learn how to cope…
2022-05-15 Sermon – The Right Side of Righteousness
This Sunday we continue our series into Jesus’ lessons on the Kingdom. This time on having greater righteousness than the Pharisees and the scribes of the Law. What did He mean and how we instill this lesson in ourselves personally and corporately as the Church?
2022-05-08 Sermon – Salt and Light
This Sunday we continue on with our sermon series on Kingdom living. This time looking at the lessons of Jesus regarding Salt and Light. Blessed are we who are salt and light in the world.
2022-05-01 Sermon – Blessed be
This Sunday we continue on in our sermon series looking at life in the Kingdom. This time we look at the greatest sermon Jesus ever told. Learn how the beatitudes are a map for Kingdom life.
2022-04-17 Sermon – Resurrection Response
He is risen! For the disciples, the resurrection of Jesus was unexpected and they did not know how to react to it. Let us consider the different reactions recorded in Luke 24, and how this might apply to our very own, personal response to Jesus’ resurrection this Easter.
2022-04-10 Sermon – Reside in the Kingdom
The Kingdom life is a reality for all who believe in Jesus and we don’t have to wait for Heaven to begin to live in it. Our world is God breathed and God bathed, the Kingdom is all around us. We need to throw off the mind of the flesh and put on the mind…
2022-04-03 Sermon – In the Fold
This Sunday we continue our Lenten sermon series looking at life in the Kingdom. This time we look at John 10 and the story of the Shepherd and the Sheep in the fold. What does the Kingdom look like in a practical sense and how can we make sure we are looking out for the…
2022-03-27 Sermon – Kingdom Rulers
This Sunday we continue our Lenten sermon series by looking once again at how to live a Kingdom life. This time we focus on what it means to rule over a portion of the Kingdom. Join me for some royal training!
2022-03-19 Sermon – Mirror Image
Welcome to church online this morning where we focus more closely on the life of Jesus as we continue our Lenten journey. Jesus’ life and death have much to teach us. So today we begin by looking at how we should perceive ourselves and engage in the world around us as we lead a kingdom…
2022-03-13 Sermon – The Earth is the Lord’s
This Sunday we look at the final chapter in the prophetic book of Joel. We have much to learn from the words spoken to the Nations and can be encouraged by the blessing offered to the people of God.
2022-03-06 Sermon – Humbled in Suffering
Today is the first Sunday of Lent. We continue our sermon series in Joel by looking at God’s response to His peoples’ lament in Joel Chapter 2. It is also communion Sunday so be sure to have your supplies ready.
2022-02-27 Sermon – Locusts and Lament
This Sunday we start a new sermon series in the prophetic book of Joel. Joel helps us to process all we are feeling as we face hard times. Stay tuned to find out what Locusts and Lament have in common.
2022-02-20 Sermon – When Jesus Comes
It is not wrong for the people of God to long for His return! While we may not know the time, there are things the Bible speaks about that can indicate when the time is near. Today we unpack Paul’s teaching on this subject to the Thessalonians.
2022-02-13 Sermon – Faithfulness
This Sunday we look at what steps we can take in response to God’s faithfulness, especially when we, the people of God are under a time of pressure. We are living in a physically challenging time but that doesn’t mean we should neglect our spiritual health.
2022-02-06 Sermon – God and You
This Sunday we look at some of the characteristics of the nature of God. By knowing God we are able to be in a better relationship with Him. We are able to connect with who He is rather then some construct we have put together. When we do that the personal relationship we have with…
2022-01-30 Sermon – Patient Endurance
In an ever changing world it is so important for Christians to enter into the rest of Christ. The pressures of life can cause us to act in ways that often are not Godly. How might God help us to navigate those times in a Godly way and with patient endurance.
2022-01-23 Sermon – Window of the Soul
If you were to picture the window of your soul, what would your view look like? These are challenging times we are living in. This Sunday we look at the faith journeys of two disciples on the road to Emmaus. What might their encounter with Jesus have to teach us? Join me as we find…
2022-01-16 Sermon – Carey Summer Series – Alastair Hall
As the team takes a break, we are uploading a guest speaker sermon for those that are unable to make it to church.
2022-01-09 Sermon – Carey Summer Series – George Wieland
As the team takes a break, we are uploading a guest speaker sermon for those that are unable to make it to church.
2022-01-02 Sermon – Safe with God
Join us as we explore the beauty of Psalm 91. The Psalmist reassures us that we are under God’s protection when we make the Most High our dwelling-place. But how do we make God our dwelling place? A good place to start is to love God, to place all our trust in Him and to…
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